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University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
44-1865-272950
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Ranked #6 of 96 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been... more » Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries. « less
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Stumbled across the museum while exploring Oxford on foot, and so, so glad I went in. As if the beautiful building itself weren't impressive enough, the museum is packed with all kinds of fantastic specimens & artifacts, from dinosaur fossils to elephant skeletons and live praying mantises, and everything in between. The displays are informative and there are lots of... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Newly reopened after a refurb, this museum is not too huge for it to be a must see for children. You can be terrified by real dinosaur skeletons and pat the Shetland pony. There is much serious stuff for students too with intelligent displays. Much more than the only Dodo left! Now with a cafe at last!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The OUMNH, often confused with the Pitt Rivers Museum which is attached to it, is an exquisitely presented array of animals, plants and minerals, all with well written explanations. Housed in an ornate Gothic building with a glass roof that makes it unusually airy for a museum, it contains 250,000 species of animal including 25,000 insects, but most exciting are... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is not somewhere where you spent your whole day. But it is a lovely place maybe if rain is forecast. In a cute building just a few minutes walk outside the city center. It is a nice change of scenary and it is free!

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UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A superb museum for kids and adults with an interest in dinosaurs, fossils, natural history and evolution. Added to this, a lovely lawn for picnics, clean toilets, and all for free!

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We had planned a day in Oxford because we were going to shop at Bicester. It became the other way around. Bicester became the afterthought and the city of Oxford had a lot of intelligent attractions s would be expected of this university center. The Natural History museum is a comfortable ten-minute walk from the last stop of the prk-and-ride... More

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oxford
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We loved the small scale of this museum in such a beautiful building. The exhibits are well displayed and there is a great view down onto the group floor from the upper gallery. Parking in Oxford is a nightmare - do park and ride. The museum is very near to Broad street - handy if you want to see colleges... More

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Gloucestershire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We only discovered that Oxford had a natural history museum recently, and thought it would be an ideal trip for the Easter holidays. The display boards and artefacts were enough to keep the kids concentration span and aimed at the right level for them to understand. There was plenty to look at. It all located in a very impressive building... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This Museum was brilliant and as good as the London Museum. The only thing wrong we arrived on the wrong day. It must have been school holiday because there were so many children plus push chairs it was hard to get around. I must say all the children were enjoying the day. .

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We didn't have time to see everything but thoroughly enjoyed what we did see. My 9 year old was really interested in the dinosaurs (naturally) and all the minerals. The building is beautiful and we liked the dinosaur footprints in the lawn outside! The only thing that stopped this getting a 5 star review was the cafe. They had virtually... More

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